MANILA -- Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo secured permission from the Sandiganbayan to travel to Europe, the second such furlough since May this year.
Arroyo is facing a graft charge over the sale of his choppers to the Philippine National Police in 2009 and 2010. The case also involves several former police officials led by former police chief Jesus Versoza.
The husband of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did not mention his itinerary and the reasons for his travels.
"This honorable court has, for many times before, permitted him to travel, and he has always returned here as it is here where his family and business interests are, hence, he has no reason not to return. He is, thus, clearly not a flight risk," said Mr Arroyo’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio.
Arroyo will be in Madrid from Sept. 13 to 17 and in San Sebastian, Spain from Sept. 17 to 19.
He will then proceed to Lisbon, Portugal on Sept. 19 and will stay there until Sept. 20.
Last May, Arroyo was also allowed by the court to travel to Madrid, San Sebastian, Lisbon, as well as Prague in the Czech Republic.
After his upcoming trips to Spain and Portugal this time, Arroyo will head to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and will stay there from Sept. 20 to 22; Munich, Germany from Sept. 22 to 28 and Vienna, Austria from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.